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“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.”

1 Thessalonians 4:16–17

Here’s something exciting to think about today. What problem won’t be solved in in the believers life by the Rapture of the church? The answer is, none! Everything that has ever gone wrong will be fixed in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye! I had a conversation recently with someone who claimed that the doctrine of the Rapture was to them an “escapist mentality”. I laughed and said that is exactly what it is and what the Lord intended it to. Maybe we should name it “escapist theology” to make it sound even more spiritual.

The Good News of the Gospel is Jesus is coming back to rescue us so that we can escape the wrath of God which is to come. Paul believed in the Rapture so much he instructed the church in Thessalonica to comfort each other by reminding one another of the hope that the Rapture will bring us. Just think when the Rapture occurs there will be no more death or dying, tears or heartaches of any kind. No bills to pay, no problems to solve. They all will be vanquished the moment we are caught up to be with the Lord in the air. What a day, what a day that will be! Maranatha, Maranatha, Maranatha, come quickly Lord Jesus!

"So encourage each other with these words"

1 Thessalonians 4:18


Michael Osthimer





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